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Josette Buchman makes her way into her sister-in-law Rita Wolfensohn’s home, and she’s shocked by what greets her there. The stench of decaying food mixes with the piles of trash strewn about the place. Even that assault on the senses couldn’t have prepared Buchman for what she happened upon in the midst of the mess. A strange outline on a mattress raises alarm bells and later places the family in the midst of a mystery that could be criminal.

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At first, Buchman’s visit to Wolfensohn’s home was completely innocent. The latter had ended up in the hospital, so her sister-in-law visited her home to gather some of her personal effects. It wasn’t necessarily a secret that Wolfensohn had a hoarding problem. The compulsion led her to fill her home with so much trash that it looked like a landfill.

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